Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A drinking village with a fishing problem

Doesn't appear to be a problem to me...
A reminder of days past when mining for gold was key to prosperity in Sitka. These days it is salmon that provide the greatest source of income for the locals. 
If you didn't know better, you would think it was going to rain... It probably wouldn't have mattered to this little boy. He was content to be climbing the base of this totem.
By the looks of these clouds, that boy might not be over dressed. 
The church was built by the Russians who remained after we bought Alaska in what is known as, "Seward's Folly". 
The architecture is incongruent to the rest of the town, but seems to fit none-the-less.
10,000 lbs of salmon a day are sent to Seattle for processing. Most of that is sent fresh or "flash frozen". 10,000 pounds! That is a lot of fish. 

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